A world powered by 100% wind, solar and other renewables would, in the long run, cost much less than business as usual. Clean Technica reports on the costs of renewable energy compared to the costs of climate change if left unchecked, as researched and reported on by Mark Jacobson, professor of civil and environmental engineering and director of the Atmosphere/Energy Program at Stanford University.
Long-standing community advocates, faith-based organizations across the country are serving as instigators of community solar. "It's a wonderful thing to not have to feel like you have to be of [a certain] status or class to be able to go green, or be conscious about the environment."
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Modeled after the self-cleaning characteristics of a lotus leaf, researchers from the Ben-Gurion University of the Negev are developing a mechanism that can remove dust from solar panels and optimize their efficiency. By altering the texture of the panels, new opportunities for solar have risen in the desert and other dusty environments.
Dust on panels is less of an issue in the more rainy Pacific Northwest, but it is still exciting to see new developments in solar technology around the world!
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